Socialist-Themed Vegan Meat Company Learns Marxism Works Better in Theory Than Practice. With products like Comrade Cluck (a plant meat, not actual chicken), No Evil Foods has had success casting itself as a “revolutionary” food company that embodies progressive values.
But the company is learning marketing progressive ideas is easier than implementing socialist-style economics. For months, company leaders have been resisting a unionization effort by workers at their Weaverville, North Carolina plant. “I sincerely believe that right now a union would be a terrible thing for you and for No Evil Foods,” Mike Woliansky, the co-founder and CEO of No Evil Foods, told his employees earlier this year. Is Poverty Inescapable? An Immigrant's Perspective.
It is now fashionable to argue against the myth of escaping poverty by "pulling yourself up by your bootstraps.
" In her book Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, Linda Tirado argues against the idea that poverty is due to a moral failing or character flaw. According to Ms. Trado, poverty is a self-perpetuating cycle; it is a structural problem rather than a personal fault. It could be you stuck in the same endless, intergenerational cycle of poverty, living paycheck to paycheck and made homeless by any number of setbacks that are mere annoyances to the middle class. Perhaps if the elites didn't blame the poor for their misfortune, better policies could be enacted. How This 10-Year Old Girl Turned Lemonade Stand Into a Multi-Million Dollar Operation. When Mikaila Ulmer was four years old, she received an old cookbook from her grandmother.
It was tattered and the covering was falling off, but the recipes were still intact. Thumbing through the pages, she stumbled on a mixture for flaxseed lemonade. “We tried making it, and it tasted really good,” Mikaila recalled in an interview years later. The Austin, Texas, native decided to sell the concoction at a lemonade stand.
Everyday People Are Reducing Poverty—Not Big Government. Proof that the Private Sector Is Better at Fighting Poverty than Bureaucrats. If you’re a social-mediaite like most people nowadays, you’ve no doubt come across a popular video purporting to show the City of Fort Worth tackling homelessness by paying people to pick up trash.
This noble project has mobilized social media armies to quickly like, share, and praise the effort, then move on and forget it. In all likelihood, however, everything you know about the Clean Slate Program is wrong. The reality is far better than that quick-cut edited video. Fans of government intervention will no doubt find the superficial presentation of the program to be a great solution. In reality, the city of Fort Worth does not run this program, but is a client of a private business. Clean Slate is an initiative of the Fort Worth, Texas-based Presbyterian Night Shelter. Outside of that contract, homeless employees work everything from temporary tasks to ‘9 to 5’ day jobs.
New Ideas for Addressing Poverty and Inequality. What successful antipoverty efforts look like: A refreshing report from the Rocky Mountain State. A program in Colorado that focuses on helping non-custodial fathers gain employment and pay child support provides a refreshing example of effective state-led antipoverty efforts.
The Colorado Parent Employment Program shows government can successfully invest in people’s skills and abilities while insisting on the primacy of work and responsibility toward one’s family. Via Twenty20. Initial results from the Colorado Parent Employment Program (CO-PEP) demonstrate the power of work and careful case management, with a focus on outcomes, in increasing the economic and social involvement of formerly addicted or incarcerated men in their families’ lives. Funded through a public/private partnership and administered by the new Colorado Division of Child Support Services, CO-PEP resembles similar projects in Texas that focus on transformational rather than transactional assistance. How did CO-PEP achieve this kind of success? Our Ancestors Escaped Crippling Poverty Because of Capitalism.
Hernando de Soto: How To Make the Third World Richer than the First. The Guatemalan Economic Miracle and the Man Who Helped It Happen. What We Can Learn About Welfare Reform from Europe - Foundation for Economic Education. The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves. Human Progress Is Impossible Without Income Inequality. Barack Obama once referred to income inequality as “the defining challenge of our time.”
Not terrorism, sluggish economic growth, or the ballooning national debt, but income inequality. And, to be fair to the departed president, income inequality within countries has been increasing in recent decades. Some reasons for that increase, such as corrupt dealings between politicians and crony capitalists, are deplorable and should be stopped. Others are unavoidable. Increasingly, for example, highly intelligent men and women fall in love in college or grad school. Income Inequality Isn't Going Away Any Time Soon The same is less true of international inequality, which is declining. Life among sedentary hunter-gatherers was unequal. The wealth accumulation among nomadic hunter-gatherers, explains Steven Pinker in his book Enlightenment Now: The Case for Science, Humanism and Progress, was circumscribed by the weight and volume of the physical possessions that they could carry on their backs.